Housing is a necessity, yet every year there are approximately 20,000 evictions and 3,000 foreclosures in New York City, which disproportionately affect low income communities of color.
Eviction can lead to homelessness, job loss, and a cascade of other negative outcomes that cause severe harm to families and their communities. With housing costs rising across the city and the exceedingly short supply of affordable housing, more and more people—families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans—are having trouble finding and keeping housing.
Foreclosure can be devastating for homeowners with low-income who often worked for years to secure a home of their own. To make matters worse, those facing foreclosure, particularly in low-income communities of color, are targeted for scams that promise relief and provide no results. NYLAG attorneys work with homeowners to keep them in their homes through litigation, fraud prevention, and community outreach.
Safe and secure housing is a basic human need and should be a universal right; without it, everything, from employment to education, becomes so much harder.
tenants helped with eviction, displacement, and homelessness
homeowners remained in their homes
Our talented attorneys and paralegals fight for housing justice: fair, safe, and affordable housing for adults and families so that they can stay in their communities and thrive. NYLAG’s lawyers can help in the following ways:
- Representing clients facing eviction
- Preventing foreclosure through litigation, fraud prevention, and community outreach
- Helping clients secure and keep affordable housing
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NYLAG is part of the solution to the housing crisis in New York:
Opinion: NYC’s ‘Right to Counsel’ program in dire need of funding life raft
“The time is now for City Hall to step up and make the Right to Counsel program a reality so that low-income tenants can get the legal help they need,” writes NYLAG CEO Lisa Rivera, Legal Aid Society’s Adriene Holder, and LSNYC’s Raun Rasmussen in City & State New York.
Joint Statement Applauding NYC Council Progressive Caucus’ Call for $351 Million in City Budget for ‘Right to Counsel’ so Tenants Facing Eviction Can Stay in Their Homes
“At a time of increasing rents, record level homelessness, and soaring eviction cases, the City must invest in protections that preserve affordable housing and keep tenants safe, not take them away.”
Opinion: Homeless shelters that make sense: Large, dangerous congregate shelters drive people away
In the New York Daily News, NYLAG’s Deborah Berkman and City Relief’s Josiah Haken explain why the City should invest in non-congregate shelters to better serve New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, especially those who have experienced trauma.